Call for Abstracts
Extended deadline: May 20, 2016
The official language of COSMEE 2016 is Spanish. However, each scientific committee could evaluate presentations in English if necessary.
In recent decades, the great transformation of the global economy has dramatically increased the production of goods and services and living standards worldwide. However, it has been amply demonstrated that these production increases do not necessarily translate into a better quality of life. The economies have grown out of control, beyond their physical limits, at the expense of resources of the planet and its inhabitants; causing poverty, inequality, misery, congestion, crime, loss of biodiversity, resource depletion and climate change.
At the dawn of the 21st century we are at a critical juncture for the future of humanity. In this new era evolved from a global vision of separation between human activities and the environment, a holistic view of social, economic and ecological interconnection is vital for the quality of life of the present generation and future generations to flourish. Consequently, the economic, social and ecological problems can’t be solved using the same fragmented models that consider the ecological system as something separate that is only used to extract resources and create waste, which has contributed to the global crisis of today.
A new mindset is needed to create and implement new models of ecological economics that pursue the welfare of present and future societies. Only our creativity and the development of social and ecological awareness can help us face the problems that beset us. Also, creativity is needed to find our way to a networked society in which individuals, companies, governments and all peoples and nations can live together in peace, cooperation and mutual benefit.
Ecological economics poses a major change of mentality, a critical, inclusive, supportive and transdisciplinary vision; It considers the human being as an integral part of nature and not a separate entity; and it recognizes that human activities may not be sustainable as long as they are disconnected from nature.
However, the shift towards a sustainable society begins with transforming our own awareness and understanding of reality; transforming the university and school curricula to reflect the unified reality of the world in which we live; and transforming public policy as a result of a new social and ecological consciousness.
Cultures and ancient civilizations such as the Mayans, the Incas and the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the Caribbean have always understood that intrinsic and harmonious relationship between man and nature. However, that connection with the traditions and indigenous cultures and nature has been lost in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico.
Through the organization of the III Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Ecological Economics (COSMEE 2016), we desire to cause a significant change for the development and evolution of social and environmental awareness in the Mesoamerican region and the Caribbean, which is fundamental to understanding the role of nature in our lives, to support the implementation of new holistic and multidimensional models, to reduce ecological conflicts, to promote social justice and to foster human and cultural contribution to the flowering of humanity and its ecosystems.
COSMEE 2016 will contribute, not only to create bonds of friendship and cooperation between the Mesoamerican Society for Ecological Economics (SMEE), Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, but also throughout the Americas, from the land of the Eagle in the north to the Condor lands in the South, in search of a truly sustainable, fair, caring society and in harmony with nature.
Theme 1: Development of Consciousness
Subtheme: Development of Consciousness
- Worldviews (cosmic views)
- Worldviews of Indigenous Peoples
- Social and ecological consciousness
- Planetary Citizenship
- Awareness and Education
- Quantum Economics
- Contributions of quantum physics to ecological economics
- Ethics and sustainability
- Media and rights
- Environmental Justice and Peace
- Tools for the development of consciousness
- Models of alternative education
Theme 2: Models and Proposals for Ecological Economies in Mesoamerica, the Caribbean and Latin America
Subtheme: Models and Proposals for Ecological Economies
- Environmental history and ecological economics
- General theory of ecological economics (flows, funds, degrowth) to the situation of neo-extractivism and post neo-extractivism in Latin America
- Comprehensive assessment of ecosystem services
- Ecological debt and environmental liabilities; sustainability and biophysical methodologies (MUSIASEM, MSE, MFA and others)
- Environmental Governance and environmental conflicts
- Multi Social Assessment
- Biodiversity and ecosystem services
- Public policies and management tools for sustainable development
- Managing the use of renewable and non-renewable natural resources
- Energy, environment and industry
- Agriculture and environment
- Economic development and environment
- Ecological economics and methodological pluralism
- Heterodoxia and ecological economics
- Climate change and climate change economics
- Globalization and the environment
- Ecosystems modeling
- Pattern dollar (dollar standard), its impact on the economies and environment
- Complementary currencies to solve socio-ecological problems
- Equality, Environmental Justice
- Political Ecology
Theme 3: Alternatives for Sustainable Living and Living Well
Subtheme: Alternatives for Sustainable Living and Living Well
- Towards an economy for the good life: the bond of social and solidarity economics and the ecological economics
- Social and ecological limits to economic growth
- Conceptualization and measurement of sustainable living and good living
- Rights of persons, communities and nature
- Construction of alternatives for development
- Community management of the commons (forests, water, etc.)
- Ecological Villages
- Organic and Ecological Agriculture
- Communities and community participation
- Food security
- Ancestral models and sustainable worlds
- Culture and good living
- Quality of life, sense of purpose, inner well-being, responsible well-being, happiness and human flourishing
- Subjective well-being
- Human capabilities
- Architecture and well-being in the urban context